Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist; upper left, Study for the Right Arm of the Infant Saint John; upper right, Study for Drapery (recto); Study of a Nude Male Figure (verso)

Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, Urbino 1483–1520 Rome)

ca. 1506–7
Red chalk (recto); pen and brown ink (verso)
8 13/16 x 6 1/4 in. (22.4 x 15.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1964
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink at lower left of recto:1509 [?]; in pen and lighter brown ink at lower right of recto: "Raf. d' U[rbin]," but probably cropped by border.

    Verso is annotated in leadpoint or graphite in 1730s hand at lower left (by Lambert ten Kate Hermansz himself, or by the executor of his sale): "h. 8 3/4 / g. 6 6 1/4 / H 31." Basically, these are the dimensions in Dutch, and the collocation numbers (in a similar manner as would be adopted by the Jonathan Richardsons, Sr. and Jr.). Hence, h = hoogte (height) and g=grootte (width), as these measurements otherwise are those of the Raphael drawing in English inches. And, "H 31" is ten Kate's collocation or portfolio number, as this is exactly that listed in the sale catalogue of ten Kate's collection in June 16, 1732, portfolio H. 31. These inscriptions were entirely misunderstood in Bean 1982, p. 212, cat. no. 210 (" 58 3/4 6 6 1/4 / H 31").

    The inscription in pen and brown ink on verso at lower right in 16th century hand, more or less contemporary to Raphael's time: "Carte del Pe[que]."

    (C. C. Bambach; revised September 2006)

    Marking: The collector's mark of Cornelis Ploos van Amstel (Lugt 2034) stamped on verso, lower left (very faint).

  • Provenance

    Lambert Hermansz ten Kate Ten Kate sale, Amsterdam, June 16, 1732, portfolio H, no. 31.; Antoine Rutgers (Amsterdam)Rutgers sale, Amsterdam, December 1, 1778, no. 268.; Cornelis Ploos van Amstel (Dutch, 1726–1798)Ploos van Amstel sale, Amsterdam, March 3, 1800, portfolio EEE, no. 3.; George Hibbert (British, Manchester 1757–1837), London; Samuel Rogers Rogers sale, London, Christie's, April 28 - May 16, 1856, no. 950.; Thomas Birchall (British, 19th century); Richard Rainshaw Rothwell (London); J. W. Rothwell (London); Sotheby's, London Sale, London, March 11, 1964, no. 150.

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Raphael at the Metropolitan: The Colonna Altarpiece (New York)," June 20, 2006–September 3, 2006.

  • References

    Bernard Picart Impostures innocentes ou receuil d'estampes d'après divers peintres illustres, tel que Rafael, le Guide, Carlo Maratti, le Poussin, Rembrandt, etc.. Amsterdam, 1734, fig. no. pl. 5, ill.

    Art Treasures Exhibition: Drawings and Sketches of Old Masters.. University of Manchester, Manchester, 1857, cat. no. no. 49.

    Johann David Passavant Raphaël d'Urbin et son père Giovanni Santi. vol. 2, Paris, 1860, cat. no. 454, p. 496.

    Rudolph Weigel Die Werke der Maler in ihren Handzeichnungen.... Leipzig, 1865, cat. no. no. 6497, p. 546.

    J. A. Crowe and G. B. Cavalcaselle Raphael, His Life and Works. vol. 1, London, 1882, p. 264.

    Oskar Fischel Raphaels Zeichnungen 8 Portfolios with Text. vol. 3, Berlin, 1941, III, p. 140.

    Karl Theodore Parker Catalogue of the Collection of Drawings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: Vol. II: Italian Schools. Oxford, 1956, cat. no. 518 (under), p. 267.

    "Coming auctions and auctions in review." Art News. Art News, vol. 63, New York, 1964, fig. no. p. 47, vol. 63, p. 47, ill.

    Richard Day "The Rothwell Family Raphael Drawings" Ivory Hammer 2. vol. 2, London, 1964, fig. no. pp. 82,83, p. 82, v. 83, ill.

    Jacob Bean 100 European Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Graphic Society, New York, 1964, cat. no. 11, 12, fig. no. 11, 12, ill.

    Jacob Bean "A Rediscovered Drawing by Raphael." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.s. vol. 23, no. 1, New York, Summer 1964, frontispiece (ill. recto), p. 8, cover (ill. verso), pp. 1-10, ill.

    Roseline Bacou Le XVIe siècle européen. Peintures et dessins dans les collections publiques françaises, 1965-1966. Exh. cat., Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1965. Paris, 1965, cat. no. 39v, fig. no. 39v, pl. 11, p. 20, ill.

    Jacob Bean, Felice Stampfle Drawings from New York Collections, Vol. I: The Italian Renaissance. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1965, cat. no. 49, fig. no. 49, p. 40, ill.

    Geoffrey Agnew Agnew's, 1817-1967. Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London, 1967, fig. no. none.

    Walter Koschatzky, Alice Strobl Die Albertina in Wien. Salzburg, 1969, fig. no. p. 108, p. 108, ill.

    J. G. van Gelder "Lambert ten Kate als Kunstverzamelaar." in Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek. vol. 21, 1970, fig. no. 8, pp. 153, 172, ill.

    Sir Kenneth Clark Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries. Exh. cat., November 14, 1970 - February 14, 1971. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, E. P. Dutton and Company, New York, 1970, fig. no. 220ab, p. 223.

    Luitpold Dussler Raphael. London, 1971, p. 20.

    Hugh MacAndrew Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: Catalogue of the Collection of Drawings: Volume 3, Italian School: Supplement E. vol. 3, Oxford, England, 1980, cat. no. 518, p. 275.

    Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turcic 15th and 16th Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1982, cat. no. 210, fig. no. 210, pp. 212-15, ill.

    Paul Joannides The Drawings of Raphael, with a Complete Catalogue. Los Angeles, 1983, cat. no. 113r, 113v, fig. no. 113r, 113v, p. 160, ill.

    Eckhart Knab, Erwin Mitch, Konrad Oberhuber Raphael: Die Zeichnungen. Stuttgart, 1983, cat. no. no. 124, no. 220, pp. 567, 576, ill.

    Erwin Mitsch Raphael in der Albertina. Exh. cat., Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna, 1983, p. 26, p. 44, ill.

    John Gere, Nicholas Turner Drawings by Raphael from the Royal Library, the Ashmolean, The British Museum, Chatsworth and Other English Collections. Exh. cat. London, 1983, cat. no. 55, p. 74.

    Drawings by Raphael and his Circle, from British and North American Collections. Exh. cat., October 7, 1987 - January 3,1988. Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 1987, cat. no. 8, fig. no. 8, ill.

    Academie de France a Rome Raphael, autour des dessins du Louvre. Exh. cat., Raffaello e i suoi: Disegni di Raffaello e della sua cerchia, Villa Medici, Rome. March 30 - May 24 1992. Rome, 1992, cat. no. 30, fig. no. 30v, p. 101, ill.

    Linda Wolk-Simon "Raphael at the Metropolitan: The Colonna Altarpiece." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2006, p. 70, ill.

    Joachim Jacoby, Martin Sonnabend Raffael Zeichnungen. Ex. cat., Städel Museum, Frankfurt. Frankfurt, 2012, cat. no. 7, fig. no. both sides repr., 100-103, ill.

    Domenico Laurenza "Art and anatomy in Renaissance Italy : Images from a Scientific Revolution." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. Vol. 69, no. 3, New York, Winter 2012, fig. no. figs. 19-20, pp. 17-18, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History